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This Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter is full of Thai flavors and so quick to make. Made with flavorful Thai red curry paste, yellow curry powder, lemongrass, and creamy coconut milk. The chicken is simmered in the sauce with potatoes and then served with spicy garlic honey butter. A side of rice soaks up all that yummy curry sauce, so delicious.

Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter |

I feel like a broken record here, but yet again, this recipe was inspired by Creighton. He’s obviously been spending much more time here in Colorado this year. It’s not that he loves the snowy climate, it’s honestly more that he just really loves being around family. I think that all of his years of being in Cleveland with no one around really helped him realize how much he loves being with the family, and more importantly these days, little Oslo. 

So with Creighton here I’ve been tending to make more recipes with him in mind. I love to cook for people, so inspiration is welcomed.

Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter |

When it comes to curry, Creighton loves any kind, whether it’s Indian or Thai. He requests it weekly. And while I’ve perfected his favorite butter chicken, I haven’t done much with Thai-inspired curries. 

Most yellow curry is made with a Thai yellow curry paste, which you can make at home. However, lack of time and ingredients lead me to improvise a little, using a mix of Thai red curry paste and then yellow curry powder. 

This ended up taking less than 30 minutes to throw together, and it was so good. 

Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter |

The process is simple

What I love about this dish is just how easily it comes together, nothing fancy at all. Cook the potatoes, then add in the chicken and a mix of Thai red curry paste and yellow curry powder. I love to add lemongrass as well, which adds a really bright pop of freshness. 

Cook the spices without any liquid for a few minutes to really activate their flavor. Then stir in the coconut milk and a small splash of fish sauce. 

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On to the spicy honey butter

While the chicken is simmering in the curry sauce, make the spicy honey butter. When I made this the first time around, I felt like it was good. But, of course, I wanted it to be really great. 

I thought about the recent curry I had made with salmon. We all loved the spicy butter so much, so I wanted to add that element to this curry. I also decided to add a touch of honey for a sweet and spicy element. 

It ended up being just what the dish needed to make it really delicious! 

For serving, keep it simple, steamed rice and lots of cilantro, with a side of limes. 

This dish is definitely becoming a quick, weeknight family favorite. Creighton loved this, and the rest of the family enjoyed it too. Even my dad, who is not really a curry fan, thought the sauce was delicious. 

Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter |

Looking for other curries? 

Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

Creamy Coconut Chicken Meatball and Noodle Curry

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Crispy Sesame Chickpeas

Lastly, if you make this Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Simple Thai Yellow Chicken Curry with Spicy Garlic Butter

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 461 kcal

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  • 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and potatoes. Cook 10 minutes, until soft. Add the chicken, curry paste, curry powder, lemongrass paste, and season with salt. Toss to coat the chicken, then cook 3 minutes.
    2. Pour in the coconut milk and 1/3 cup water. Season with salt. Cover and cook 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickened.
    3. Meanwhile, melt together the butter and garlic. Cook until the butter is browning. Stir in the chili flakes and honey.
    4. Remove the curry from the heat. Stir in the fish sauce, cilantro, and lime zest + juice. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice. Top with spicy honey butter.
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    1. Hey Aimee,
      Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your feedback! I am glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe so much! Now that I have made it a few times I have become more comfortable and add different veggies and sometimes switch sweet potatoes for the potatoes. I have also made it with salmon. Every time it is so, so, so good!!

    1. Hey Molly,
      Fantastic!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! 🌸Tieghan

  2. I’m wondering how much chili flakes I should add to the butter? And if I don’t have any chili flakes on hand, would crushed red pepper suffice?

    1. Hey Aly,
      Yes, chili flakes are the same as crushed red peppers:) You can use a pinch or more to your liking! Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi there,
      Fantastic!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xxT

  3. One of the most delicious dishes I have made! I make a lot of curry dishes and stews. This recipe has so much flavour. Perfect for winter. Thank you.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try!! xTieghan

  4. 3 stars
    Sadly this one didn’t work that well for me. The flavour was yum but the potatoes didn’t cook in the time and by the time they were done the chicken was tough. Also was a very watery sauce and I prefer curries a bit thicker. Would try again with some modifications!

    1. Hey Anna,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry to hear it was not enjoyed, please let me know if there is any way that I can help! xTieghan